Diocesan Update November 22nd, 2017

Bible Study Opportunity

There is a "BLT" Bible Study (Bible and Lunch Together) being offered on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the food court of the Empire Plaza Concourse in Albany. The study is led by Dean Leander Harding and Deacon Sue Plaske of the Cathedral of All Saints. For more information, contact the Cathedral office by clicking here.

Job Opportunities

Office Manager/Rector's Assistant
St. Stephen's Church, 16 Elsmere Ave., Delmar, NY 12054 is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Office Manager and Rector's assistant. The ideal candidate must be well-organized and possess proficiency with computers, the internet, and standard office equipment. The Office Manager is responsible for production of parish communication materials including bulletins, newsletters, schedules, etc. S/he would also assist the Rector in keeping the records and files of the church, keeping the Church calendar up-to-date including building usage, and would provide office coverage. For a full job description, to apply, or with questions, please contact Fr. Scott Garno at (518) 439-3265 or email him by clicking here.

Youth Programs Aide
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834 is seeking full time and/or part-time employees to work with day care and school-aged children. Flexible hours are available with competitive pay. The successful candidate must love working with children and be willing to be subject to a background check. For more information, contact Daniel Hyde,Youth Programs Director, by calling (518) 692-9550 x 114 or clicking here.

Senior Housing

Canterbury House
If you or someone you know is ready to transition from independent living, you should know about Canterbury House, 36 Pawling Ave, Troy, NY 12180. Offering its residents independent apartments and three family-style meals each day, Canterbury House is home to a diverse group of people who enjoy community as well as privacy. Clergy of our Diocese serve in Canterbury House’s Chapel of Christ the King, and people of our Diocese serve as the House’s Board, keeping the House a ministry and fortifying its Christian character. Canterbury House is an excellent option for seniors on fixed incomes. For more information, click here or email Chris Coman, Director, by clicking here.

Dining Opportunity

Thanksgiving Dinner
Church of the Good Shepherd, 26 Moyer St, Canajoharie, NY 13317 is hosting a dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to come and feast! There will only be one sitting and reservations are required because space is limited. To reserve your spot, call Mtr. Ginny Ogden at (518) 673-3440.

Prayer Opportunity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Each year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed worldwide from January 18th to the 25th. The idea that gave birth to this observance came from an Episcopal priest, Fr. Paul Wattson, the founder of the Society of the Atonement, also known as the Graymoor Friars and Sisters. With the terrible division and resurgence of hate groups in our nation, the observance of this week takes on even greater importance in order to witness that Jesus's prayer is "That they all may be one." A sample "2018 Week of Prayer Sample Kit" is available from Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. This kit will provide all you need to plan an observance of the Week of Prayer in your area. To get your kit, mail a check for $7.00 made out to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute with "2018 Week of Prayer Sample Kit" in the memo line to Week of Prayer, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Route 9 - P.O. Box 300, Garrison, NY 10524-0300. You may also order the kit online by clicking here.

Worship Opportunity

Taizé Service
An Advent Taizé Service will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann's, 37 Division St, Amsterdam, NY 12010. A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations. The prayers consist of "short chants, repeated again and again," according to an introduction in a Taizé songbook. The words are sung over many times.

Luncheon Opportunity

Lunch and Lavender
Join St. Michael's Women's Ministry for a luncheon on Wednesday, December 13 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael's, 49 Killean Park, Albany, NY 12205. There will be a review of some special areas of Lavender Springs retreat "where women rest in God’s faithfulness," a lite lunch, and a lavender shoppe where you can get some of your Christmas shopping done with Lavender Farms, an all natural Washington County lavender farm with nearly 5,000 lavender plants. They will teach some things about lavender and they are offering a full line of farm-produced lavender bath and body products, culinary lavender, and lavender pollen honey from their 14 hives! Look forward to a day of wonderful fellowship, faith and lavender! All are welcome, please ask your friends! For more information, please call (518) 869-6417 or email St. Michael's by clicking here. for more information.

Sisters of St. Mary

While Christ the King Center is closed for Thanksgiving, the Sisters are open for anyone who wants a quiet holiday of prayer at St. Mary's Convent. Their Thanksgiving Day schedule is 7:30 a.m. Matins, 8:00 a.m. Mass, Noon Prayers followed by a Thanksgiving Day feast, and 5:30 p.m. Vespers followed by a non-silent supper.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Rt. Rev. William Love
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, November 28th will be the Rt. Rev. William Love, our Bishop. You can read his full bio here. The Healing service includes inspirational music and praise, powerful testimonies about the healing power of Jesus Christ, and phenomenal teaching and preaching. At the end of the service, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available as well as personal ministry with a prayer team. Individual Prayer Sessions are also offered by appointment for those who would like to receive more intensive prayer ministry. The service begins at 10 a.m. in the Oratory Chapel. A buffet lunch is available for purchase ($11 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Advent Retreat
An Advent Retreat entitled Come, Lord Jesus will be hosted on Friday, December 8th through Saturday, December 9th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. For more information, click here.

Trotting Opportunity

6th Annual Turkey Trot
The 6th Annual St. George's School Turkey Trot Antonio "Tony" Lauria Memorial 5K will be held Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday November 23rd at St. George's School 912 Route 146 Clifton Park NY. The warm up begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K run/walk begins at 8:00 a.m. with a Kids Run following the race at approximately 9:00 a.m. Register here by November 15th for a t-shirt. On-line registration is $25. Registration on the day of the run is $30, and the Kids Run is $5.00. Proceeds will benefit St. George's School. St. George's offers a range of programs from preschool beginning at 3 years to full day K-1 elementary programs. Please call (518) 280-7196 for more information.

Sporting Opportunity

Knockerball Soccer Game
St. Luke's on the Hill invites you to come out for a Knockerball Soccer game on Friday, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Halfmoon Town Soccer Fields, Harris Road and Route 236 in the town of Halfmoon. This game is a fundraiser for St. Luke's Recovery Resource Center, a ministry of St. Luke's that provides meeting space for groups recovering from the disease of addiction and sponsors a Speakers’ Series every other month. At the Knockerball Soccer Game, teams of three to six people will compete with like opponents for one hour. Substitutes may be utilized. Teams pay $150.00 to register. Food will be available at the game site. For more information or to register, call Mark Polsinello at (518) 441-6634.

Advent/Christmas Opportunities

Bible Study
On Wednesday evenings in December, St. James' Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 will present an Advent study based on the movie It's a Wonderful Life. The study will include Bible verses that coordinate with certain scenes from the movie. A soup supper will be provided. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. with the program following.

Advent Quiet Day
The Episcopal Churches of the Adirondack Mission will be holding an Advent Quiet Day at the Church of the Good Shepherd, NYS Route 9, Chestertown on Saturday December 16th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The program will be based on the book Simply Wait by Pamela Hawkins. The themes will be anticipation, hope, patience and obedience as Christmas arrives. There will be ample time for prayer, meditation and journaling. A simple soup and bread lunch will be provided along with refreshments. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Fr. John Cairns by calling (518) 494-3314 or by emailing the Rev. Nancy Goff at nlgoff@verizon.net

Lessons and Carols
Enrich your Advent season by attending one of these Lessons and Carols services around the diocese. Here's a list of some of the events happening outside of the normal Sunday worship time:

Sunday, December 3rd, 3:00 p.m.
Bethesda Church, 41 Washington St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Lessons and Carols sung by the Schola Cantorum. A reception will follow.

Sunday, December 3rd, 4:00 p.m.
Christ Church, 46 River St, Cooperstown, NY 13326, Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols. A reception, congregation's Slow Cooker Cook-Off and Advent wreath making (no donation asked) follows the service in the Parish Hall. All are welcome!

Sunday, December 17th, 3:00 p.m.
Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan St., Albany, NY 12210, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, sung by the Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys.

Sunday, December 17th and Monday, December 18th, 7:30 Note Sunday time change!
Christ Church, 15 W High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, A Festival of Lessons and Carols from Celtic and American traditions with music by John Kirk and Trish Miller. Nursery care will be available on Sunday. A reception with festive refreshments will follow.

Tuesday, December 19th, 10:00 a.m.
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834, in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels, Lessons and Carols. Is your church having a Lessons and Carols (or some other special Advent/Christmas service) outside the Sunday morning worship time not listed here? Send the date, time, place, and any other relevant details so it can be included in this list by clicking here.

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